Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving holiday

Image result for thanksgivingI love Thanksgiving. It's a time to take things down a notch for me.  I know a lot of you ramp things up this time of year, but for us it's a sit back and just relax, eat good food, of course, and just enjoy one another's company.  We don't do the Black Friday thing. I'd so much rather shop online and avoid the mobs. If I want to go out, I'd rather go out to lunch or just go for coffee or something simple. Keep me out of the big department stores, thank you. 

Maybe I've grown old. I used to never stop. I did Black Friday every year. Not anymore. I don't know what happened, just not into it anymore. Keep it simple. Quiet. Peaceful. 

What are you doing for the holidays?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

New video up on YouTube

I posted a new video on the booksigning yesterday.  A huge thank you to everyone who came out and bought my book!  You guys are the best and I appreciate each and every one of you!

Don't forget, if you like my videos and want to keep up with all things writing and book related, just click subscribe on my channel! 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2018 book schedule and things

My goal for next year is to get four books written. My publishing goals, however, are a bit different.  I’ve made a release schedule for one book per quarter, but sometimes that schedule has to change due to editors own schedules, cover artist schedules, developmental editor schedules, etc. Plus there are the add, trying for a Bookbub, etc. You never know when that could happen. For example, if I get a Bookbub on one of my historical books, and I’m currently releasing books in my contemporary series, I may then need to switch it up and release another historical quickly in order to maintain that momentum.
So it all depends on first and foremost, my ability to create content then other players’ schedules.  Writing goals need to be fluid to allow for change.  All the author can do is hope not to annoy readers, and keep attracting new readers. 
I’m signing books today at the Scriba Fall Festival. I’m thinking maybe I’ll do another YouTube video on that. Depends on where they place my booth and how crowded it is.  If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi!
’m working on a new writing schedule. The simplest part of this schedule is to write everyday. I’m trying to get 2,500 words per day written, but if I get 1,000 everyday I’ll be happy. I created a schedule that allows only 1,000 words per day to reach my goals.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I set some goals

I have a confession to make. My husband helps me stay on track with my writing. If it wasn’t for him, I’d be lost with self-publishing.  Correction: if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be self-publishing at all.  In every sense of the word, you could say he was my designer, formatter, developmental editor, everything.

So we were talking on the way to the city the other day. I told him I need to write at least four books next year. Sure I’d love to write more but with the craziness of life at the moment, four is a good start for me right now.  Maybe not always but right now.
So we were breaking down how long it would take for me to write the four books. This is where I struggle. This is where I have not take of the creativity hat and put on the business hat. Four books is doable if I’m smart about it. I need to break it down how many words I need to write per day to accomplish this. Based on the size of the books, I need to write about 1000 words per day. That’s about an hour a day for me. Granted, I don’t always put out 1000 words per hour, but I do on the average so that’s a good benchmark.

So yeah, making goals is exciting and a whole lot less intimidating when I break it down in small chunks.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

State of the writer's den

I’m hard at work on Honor Bound, my next historical romance in the Native American series. This one takes place in the French and Indian War and is kicking my butt.  I’m going to miss another deadline but it’s not from lack of working hard. This time I’m having some research trouble that. I’ve almost got it ironed out so it’s mostly butt in chair now.  The home stretch.
In other news, I’m reading a lot, studying the craft of contemporary romances so I can hopefully get back on that wagon and crank out some more modern-day stuff along with my historicals.

ACDC’s Back in Black just came on Pandora as I type this.  I’m listening to a lot of 80s music right now, which really help beef up my fight scenes in this work in progress.  I have no idea why but my brain works in strange ways.

I didn’t do a YouTube video this weekend. The house was too dark this morning and it was pouring outside. Usually I film on Sunday mornings and end up going out back where the sun has just come up, but it’s like cats and dogs out there and doesn’t show any signs of letting up. We’re under high wind warnings until tomorrow afternoon.

How was your weekend?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

How do I get published?

Surprisingly, I had a bunch of questions at last week's book signing on how to get published.  I never really thought that people would be curious about my journey to publication, but I got to thinking about it and thought why not do a video about it. 

So I posted a new video to my YouTube channelYou can view it here.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Booksigning and new YouTube booksigning video

Happy Monday!

I have a new post up on my YouTube channel.   I attended an annual fall festival and did a quick video on my packing strategy and how I set up my table.  I hope you'll give it a looksie, and if you'd like to see more of my videos, please don't forget to like and subscribe.

The video is at the link below:

I was asked to do a more detailed video on how I pack for booksignings, i.e. the contents of my two rolling carts that I carry to signings.  I'll definitely do that very soon, as well as how I set up my booksigning table.

Thanks for watching!